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Education: Early Childhood MA

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Full time | York St John University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Education Studies Early Learning

Course type


Course Summary

Our Education: Early Childhood MA is a flexible programme offering you the opportunity to explore the links between theory, policy and practice in education at local, national and global levels. It is designed to support professionals working in a range of education settings but will have most relevant if you have a particular interest early childhood.

Course overview

You will engage with current issues and debates in education which will enable you to build your understanding and develop new insights. By engaging in research and advanced scholarship you'll develop as a self-directed, independent learner and be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.

Innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are supported by a team of tutors who are also active researchers. You'll study alongside people who have wide-ranging educational interests, including people working in mentor roles and those in primary, secondary, post-compulsory or higher education settings. You'll also gain insights from library and archive professionals, those in museum education, early years teachers, playworkers and children’s centre managers.

Studying with us offers you the opportunity to become absorbed in a student-centred environment. You’ll have the chance to apply your current expertise and shape the course to complement your professional practice and academic interests in early childhood.

Career outcomes

Our Education: Early Childhood MA gives you the skills and insight necessary to pursue many careers. Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Community education officer
  • Early years teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Education consultant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Further education teacher
  • Learning mentor
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Teaching assistant


Develop a critical understanding of contemporary issues in British education. You will analyse socio-political factors including legislation, educational policy and ideological shifts. You will apply these to situational factors like gender, socio-economic background or disability. We encourage you to assess the impact of these on current debates and trends in education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in Education or another related subject. If your degree is not in Education or a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive work experience in the field, your application may be considered.

University information

York St John University has been changing the lives of its students since 1841, when it was established as York Teacher Training School, making it one of the UK’s oldest institutions. It has an award-winning, eleven-acre campus situated in the centre of York, boasting state-of-the-art facilities following an investment of more than £46 million since 2011. Here are just some of the reasons to start your Postgraduate study at York St John...more